From Snake Pits to Cash Cows: Politics and Public Institutions in New York

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Explains why public institutions for people with developmental disabilities have persevered despite plans to eliminate them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791464403
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 885,630
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Castellani is Public Service Professor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller College, University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of The Political Economy of Developmental Disabilities.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: The Perseverance and Vitality of Public Institutions

Part 1: Drift and Conflict

1. Fault Lines: 1935 to 1945

2. Babies and Buildings: 1945 to 1959

3. Planning: The Rhetoric of Public Institutions and Community Services

Part 2: Sweeping Away the Old Order

4. Bonding and Construction: The Foundations of Public Institutions

5. The New Politics of Mental Retardation

6. Willowbrook and the Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded Program

Part 3: The Big Bang

7. Creating a New Universe of Developmental Services in New York State

8. Deinstitutionalization: Reorganizing and Refinancing Institutions and Community Services

Part 4: Closing and Not Closing Institutions

9. Closing Institutions: The Right Thing to Do

10. Rebranding the Cash Cows: Not Closing Institutions

Conclusion: From Snake Pits to Cash Cows



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